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2022 College Football Rankings: Alabama has almost unanimously placed Ohio State in first place in the preseason CBS Sports 131.

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The 2022 college football season is just a few weeks away, but before the games begin, the sport’s ingrained tradition of preseason rankings must take place. The starting point for the season is CBS Sports 131. This is a comprehensive ranking of all his FBS-level teams, including James Madison, with last year’s College Football Playoff runners-up Alabama holding his No. 1 spot. One voter chose the Crimson Tide as the country’s top team going into the season.

The top three, followed by Ohio in second place and Georgia in third place, are less controversial. But you don’t have to go further down the preseason CBS Sports 131 rankings to find teams to debate.

With the Pac-12 championship trophy on the case and the return of star quarterbacks to Cameron Rising, Utah sits next in fourth place. A rare area here to knock on the top three doors. Behind Utah are some familiar Top 5 and Top 10 programs like Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

Michigan and Baylor remain in the top 10 from the 2021 postseason. On the other side of the coin is Texas A&M, where he finished 28th last season, and at the start of 2022 he’s climbed up to 9th place before showing a bigger rise among the top 25 teams. He is the one in the team. USC, Miami and Tennessee all made big jumps, making the biggest moves within this new ranking set. Find out more about these adjustments and some of the biggest year-to-year changes outside the top 25 in Mover’s Report below.

Most of the teams at the top of the preseason CBS Sports 131 are heading into 2021 with momentum after an impressive run. Cincinnati, Michigan and Pittsburgh are clearly projected to set back somewhat after a great (if not breakthrough) season, but given what they’ve accomplished, hopes for all three are below expectations. At the other end of the spectrum, teams like Penn State have fallen to fourth place in their division and haven’t won as many wins as they would have liked, but voters Still love the pieces laid out for James Franklin’s team and have a Nittany. Lions in the top 20.

Of course, these rankings, compiled by experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports, change after weeks 0 and 1. CBS Sports 131 will return with its first major update once Week 1 concludes, but for now, these rankings are pinned to set the season ahead.

College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports participate in the polls each week and use them in the rankings on average. You can see the top 25 below and 26-131 on the leaderboard page.

Preseason CBS Sports 131 College Football Rankings

1 Alabama 13-2 2
2 Ohio 11-2 Five
3 Georgia 14-1 1
Four Utah 10-4 11
Five Clemson 10-3 16
6 Notre Dame 11-2 8
7 Oklahoma 11-2 Ten
8 Michigan 12-2 3
9 Texas A&M 8-4 28
Ten Baylor 12-2 6
11 north carolina 9-3 18
12 USC 4-8 85
13 Oklahoma 12-2 7
14 Oregon 10-4 twenty one
15 Wisconsin 9-4 twenty three
16 Arkansas 9-4 20
17 Cincinnati 13-1 Four
18 Pennsylvania 7-6 31
19 Miami (FL) 7-5 47
20 Michigan 11-2 9
twenty one wake forest 11-3 15
twenty two houston 12-2 14
twenty three kentucky 10-3 19
twenty four Tennessee 7-6 44
twenty five Pittsburgh 11-3 13

biggest mover

  • No. 12 USC (+73): One of the common themes for the teams in this section is coaching changes, as struggling 2021 has led to changes at the top. Lincoln Riley alone won’t push USC from his 85th place to the top 15, but Caleb Williams’ instant impact his star-studded transfer class led by his quarterback certainly does.
  • No. 30 Florida (+40): The bottoming out moment for the Gators came with a loss to UCF in a bowl game, but it started pretty early in the season and how we see Florida in 2021 against its potential in 2022. affect. Billy Napier has his own hype factor, but any change in the system should put a better product on the field than the 6-7 team a year ago.
  • No. 29 Texas (+31): This will come as a big surprise, but Texas is starting its college football season with some hype a year later after falling short of preseason expectations.First year with Steve Sarkisian is clear was average. The Longhorns finished him 5-7 and in the final ranking he finished 60th. But with the addition of quarterback Quinn Ewers to his room and another year of development for his strong current sophomore class, Texas is back (up to finishing in the top 30 nationally).
  • No. 31 LSU (+28): Another coaching change significantly improves rankings. Brian Kelley has won multiple levels of college football and is currently tackling the toughest test in the sport to win the SEC West. How much of an improvement will we see in his BK in Year 1?Our voters see the talent on the roster and think it won’t take long for him to improve from last season’s 6-7 finish. increase.
  • No. 19 Miami (+26): Mario Cristobal has a track record of contending for the conference title in Oregon. He will also inherit a roster ready to challenge Clemson soon in the ACC. Tyler Van Dyke, with ACC Rookie of the Year Tyler Van Dyke, is once again bringing the offense to life, and the Hurricanes defense has a strong combination of last year’s young breakout his player and the addition of a new transfer portal. This adjustment doesn’t look so dramatic if all the pieces gel.
  • No. 24 Tennessee (+20): Bringing back QB Hendon hooker and key elements of the offense helped Tennessee once again have one of the most successful offenses in the SEC, but the Volunteers stopped just enough to take a big step forward. This ranking suggests voters believe Tennessee has the potential to finish second in the SEC East. This would be an impressive step forward for Josh Heupel’s program.
  • No. 9 Texas A&M (+19): The Aggies check nearly every box for national championship contention. To take the next step, the quarterback must be attacked and passed to improve his explosiveness in the game. Without that next step, Texas A&M would have the same small margin that allowed them to beat Alabama and still lose a game against an unranked SEC foe. He went 8-4 last season, which is why Texas A&M made the top 10.
  • No. 27 Ole Miss (-15): If coaching changes are a common thread in big moves, then losing the starting quarterback is one of several big moves. Ole Miss has a capable option for Jackson Dart to join the quarterback room, but the departure in Matt Corral’s absence has seen voters move the Rebels from a top 15 team to a top 30 team heading into the season. This resulted in a downgrade to
  • No. 61 Louisiana (-41): Last year’s 13-1 season was the culmination of what Napier, his staff and a dozen super seniors have built over the years. In this memorable year, the Ragin ‘Cajuns finished his 17th place in the rankings, but a roster reset and a change from Napier to Michael Desormeaux meant a significant adjustment. Louisiana State is still expected to contend for another Sun Belt title, having been selected by the media to win the Sun Belt West for the fifth straight season.

Check out the rest of CBS Sports 131: Teams ranked 26th to 131st
* UMass (currently listed in “Other voting open” due to a technical error) is the 131st team.